Who doesn’t love Asian Fusion? And if you like Vietnamese, then you’ll love the Vietnamese Fusion offered at La V. What I admire most about their food is that everything is super fresh, made to order. You never have to worry about where their food is coming from. Each dish is made with love and passion, and you can tell. A perk for me is that they offer great gluten-free options. The restaurant also has a great atmosphere. There is a fun and luxurious feeling with their black and red decor and dramatic light fixtures. They do have outside seating, but we opted to dine inside as it wasn’t a great night, weather-wise.
When we came in, the staff was very friendly and attentive. We decided to sit at the bar and both ordered drinks. I got wine, of course, but Stephen wanted to try one of their imported Asian beers, Beerlao. He had never had anything like that before, but he liked it. It was a lager style. They have all kinds of teas and sake as well, and their food menu is quite expansive. Luckily, our waitress knew what she was talking about when we asked questions. For gluten-free, they have an asterisk next to items that can be made gluten-free. I got the Vermicelli Bowl served with fresh mint leaves, bean sprouts, spring lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, and daikon. Sweet fish sauce and gluten-free soy sauce are served on the side. In order to make it gluten-free, the bowl comes with their steamed chicken without their signature sauce. The chicken was tender, yummy and had great flavor. You can add a fried egg on top of most all their dishes and I highly recommend doing it. I added it to mine and it brings a creaminess to the dish, which was definitely a complement since I didn’t have the La V sauce. The fresh vegetables are chopped Julienne style, and when you mix them in with the egg, chicken and noodles, each bite is divine.
After a recommendation from the waitress, Stephen ordered the “Ha Noi” Spicy, Sweet & Sour Sate. It’s a thin rice noodle soup filled with sliced beef, meatball, pork patty, a spicy sauce, fresh basil, bean sprouts, jalapeno and lime. It's definitely a traditional Asian cuisine noodle soup and exactly what you’d expect. The broth was super flavorful with all the meats and veggies mixed together in a huge bowl. It was so much food, I thought we were going to have to roll Stephen out of the joint! We were both so full after our meal that we even took a stroll down Central Ave just so we could make it home!
This place is what I would consider clean eating. You don’t feel guilty after you leave for stuffing yourselves with unhealthy food options. Any restaurant that is making fresh food and not relying on frozen items or assembly-line style options is a go-to place in my book. Their motto is that they will prepare your meal as they would for family. I think they are keeping to that promise pretty well.
Super fresh, made-in house Vietnamese fusion-style fare.